No respect for elders 30/4/2007
Kevin Rudd has ripped into John Howard over the PM’s age — 67. But Howard’s only a greenhorn compared with Ronald Reagan at his peak, who was pushing 80 when he shellacked the Evil Empire.
From any angle, it doesn’t seem like very smart politics. When you consider that the demographic bulge is made up largely of the post-50 age group, Rudd is condemning a lot of voters when he lambasts Howard’s values.
OPPOSITION Leader Kevin Rudd yesterday aggressively played the age card against his older opponent, Prime Minister John Howard, portraying him as out of touch and bereft of ideas for the future.
In a 45-minute speech to Federal Labor’s 44th National Conference, Mr Rudd repeatedly contrasted the differences between his claimed “forward looking” agenda and what he characterised as Mr Howard’s “head-in-the-sand” approach.
“He has run out of ideas. Mr Howard doesn’t really believe in a single idea which didn’t appear on black and white television,” he said, reviving memories of Paul Keating’s characterisations of Mr Howard as locked in a 1950s world of bakelite radios and slippers.
“No one is a bigger fan of Ward Cleaver than me, but I’ve got news for Mr Howard, the world has changed since Leave it to Beaver ,” he said to the amusement of ALP delegates.
Oh, how droll. The Labor luvvies adored it. But Howard shot back in good spirit by saying, no, his favourite black and white TV show was The Untouchables. And is Kevvie, who’s 50, telling us he didn’t spend any of his long-suffering (we know it is so, because he told us) youth sitting in front of a black and white telly?
But let’s be kind to Kev and examine the advances the post-boomer culture has brought us.
Well, there’s institutionalised illiteracy, political correctness, faecal art, rampant street violence, derivative graffiti, grunge music, Big Brother, the celebrity cult, rap, climate myths, unfunny comedy festivals, post-modernism, communist clergy and middle-class welfare.
Yep, Kev’s wooing the achieving generation.
Nevertheless, I hope no one from the boomer generation rips into Rudd for his obvious “ageism”.
That’s the sort of politically correct whining you’d expect from his preferred constituency.